In the wake of the controversial grand jury non-indictments in St. Louis and Staten Island, despite all the protests that continue to rage around the country featuring people of different races expressing their outrage, there is still a racial divide in the country over whether police have different standards based on race—half of white people still say they don’t believe it’s true, while 82 percent of African-Americans say it is, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
Overall, 47 percent of Americans say that law enforcement applies different standards to Blacks and whites, while 44 percent disagree. But a deeper dive into the poll numbers shows the racial divide.
As usual, there was a party divide in the confidence in the police: 35 percent of Democrats say they have “a great deal” of confidence in police in their community to do a good job enforcing the law, compared to 73 percent of Republicans. As for the question of whether the police apply different standards based on race, 64 percent of Democrats say they do while 64 percent of Republicans say they do not.
There has been a national conversation about whether police wearing body cameras might decrease the amount of police brutality—despite the fact that the Garner killing was caught on video. Americans are strongly in favor of the cameras: 76 percent of Americans say the police officers should be required to wear cameras, while 17 percent disagree.